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We have many exciting workshops being featured at this event!

NOTE: Two half-day workshops = One day Workshop

Lunch is included on all Workshops


NOTE: One day Workshop = two half-day workshops

The Next Generation Edge: Unleash the Secrets of High-Performing Military Teams in Your Organization!

Do you want to learn the transportable teaming and leadership lessons behind High-Performing Military Teams? Are you interested in learning from actual practitioners who coach FORTUNE 10 companies, who are regularly brought in to coach elite Agile consultancies, and work side-by-side with today’s most influential thought leaders? Do you want your competition to gain an edge in this workshop while you sit in an Agile echo chamber?

Possible Agenda Items (Unfortunately we will not have enough time to cover all of the topics below but we should be able to cover two or three. We are flexible in content as a result of having lived what we coach.).

Operationalize Complex Adaptive Systems Thinking so:

  • Your organization and teams apply the correct Agile framework or method to context
  • Improve organizational culture
  • Improve the speed, tempo and quality of your OODA loops
  • Survive and thrive on your own terms
  • Your organization can avoid the dangers of applying engineering approaches to human systems

Create and apply your own ZoneFive Behavioral Marker to:

  • Objectively measure team performance
  • Leverage Guided Self Correction to improve team performance
  • Reduce the need for external Agile coaching

Accountable leadership from the Science of Teamwork

  • Learn why the world is turning to the *Science of Teamwork from the U.S. Navy to build agile, resilient, and innovative organizations.
  • Learn the interdependent vital few factors behind successful product launches, how to build a safety culture, and how teams create organizational resilience and innovation.
  • How to build crews and teams

Adaptive Space: How leaders Create Context to:

  • Move their organizations from explore to exploit, safe-to-fail to fail-safe, and innovation to Operational Excellence.
  • Implement countermeasures to address the barriers to organizational and individual performance
  • Establish Psychological Safety
  • Identify weak signals
  • Leverage the wisdom of crowds

The Debrief Focused Approach—How elite teams plan and conduct effective debriefs to:

  • Anticipate the future
  • Plan for contingencies
  • Create accountable leaders
  • Master Crucial Conversations
  • Separate decision making from outcomes
  • Improve the social skills needed to build teams and networks of teams
  • Focus on outcomes
  • Build Shared Mental Models

Using Pulses and Scans to:

  • Measure employee engagement
  • Identify current culture
  • Find out what your customers really want
  • Build organizational resilience
  • Identify leading indicators and high-water marks to warn of cyber hacks, safety issues, and changes in culture.

And More…

Who are we?

The Next Generation Edge workshop series is a partnership between AGLX consulting and VMax Group. Brian “Ponch” Rivera, from AGLX, was recently brought in by the U.S. Navy to help turn the fleet around after a series of 2017 accidents in the Pacific. “Ponch” has coached for Scrum, Inc., Toyota, and in several other high-profile transformations. He is the creator of ZoneFive™ behavioral marker system and former F-14 instructor. Robert “Cujo” Teschner is the author of Debrief to Win™. A former F-15 Air Force Weapons School Instructor, “Cujo” is a keynote speaker, consultant, and CEO of VMax group. “Cujo” wrote the Top Gun book on debriefing for the U.S. Air Force. Both “Ponch” and “Cujo” are Cyenfin.io members, are Cynefin Trainers, and are founding members of #TheGouge.

*The Science of Teamwork originates from the U.S. Navy’s Tactical Decision Making Under Stress and Crew Resource Management programs.

NOTE: One day Workshop = two half-day workshops

Own Your Time – Do More That Matters

Time is the most precious treasure of all but not many people know how to manage and get the most out of it. Personal Agility can help you do more of what matters by increasing your personal productivity. You will learn how to use your time in a more efficient way and organize your tasks more logically.

Why this workshop?

Without changing at the individual level, agility cannot be achieved at higher scales, like the team level or organizational level. Personal Agility is a unique one-day course, hosted by Peter Stevens and Maria Matarelli, where you will learn to develop agility starting with you and to embrace those changes in your team and your company.

This is a highly interactive and practical workshop, including discussions and multi-rate feedback that help you to understand fully your strengths and weaknesses, challenges to achieve agility, and how to improve it as well as instructions to develop those skills by applying:

  • The Six Powerful Questions of Personal Agility
  • “Celebrate and Choose” to estimate and get your backlog done
  • The Forces Map and Breadcrumb Trail to understand what really matters
  • Stakeholder Interview Canvas to build trust and understanding with your stakeholders

What you get to take home?

With more than 10-years experience in training and working in Personal Agility, our Certified Lecturers provide skills development and learning opportunities so that after the workshop, you’ll be able to:

  • Manage your time to achieve higher performance anywhere and anytime
  • Set priority for your tasks and available time for them
  • Learn how to identify and eliminate the things that aren’t worth your time
  • Build your self-confidence to achieve satisfaction with both personal life and career
NOTE:  Two half-day workshops = One day Workshop

The Responsibility Process – Leading and Coaching workshop

Inspiring 1-day highly interactive and experiential workshop

Awareness of The Responsibility Process® makes it possible for leaders and coaches to understand and teach the mental processes, language, and keys to personal responsibility. Doing so inspires ownership behaviour and a shared language around responsibility.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to complete the following tasks upon request:

  • Explain the importance of personal responsibility (ownership behavior) for success in any pursuit;
  • Provide at least one reason why people avoid responsibility and why they take it;
  • State the stages within The Responsibility Process and how it works within themind;
  • Self-apply The Responsibility Process when encountering minor frustrations;
  • Describe why “giving advice” is one of the weakest strategies to guide others to takeresponsibility and explain at least one other alternative which would be moreeffective;
  • Apply the 3 Keys to ResponsibilityTM at least once during the workshop so you canrecall and apply readily to your minor upsets after the workshop. Back at work, participants should be ready to put the following skills to use:
  • Explain the basic concepts of The Responsibility Process and the 3 Keys to ResponsibilityTM to those you lead (and coach);
  • Progressively apply the 3 Keys to Responsibility to your larger upsets; and
  • Apply the basic principles for teaching responsibility to those whom you lead (and coach).



We suggest an equal or longer morning session than afternoon to avoid fatigue. We also suggest an hour for lunch and two 10-minute breaks in the morning and afternoon.

Welcome, Orientation (the Big Why), and Logistics (25 minutes)

Learning The Responsibility Process (70 minutes)
Learning and applying The Keys to Responsibility (60 minutes)

Accountability ≠ Responsibility (15 minutes)

(Optional) Agility and Responsibility (15 minutes)
(Optional) Feedback, agility, And Responsibility (20 minutes) Exposing Problems (10 minutes)

How to Increase Responsibility in Others

The Fastest Way to Elevate Responsibility in a Group (10 minutes)
Teaching Responsibility with The Responsibility Process (60 minutes) ü Intervening Effectively and the Role of Agreement (30 minutes)
Intervening Responsibly and the Role of Advice (30 minutes)

How to Practice Responsibility to Increase Your Mastery (20 minutes)

“What Will I Do?” after the Workshop (20 minutes)

Outstanding, relevant, thought-provoking and timely information that will get you thinking differently about how to improve upon all aspects of your life! -Cyndi McAlpine, Project Manager, Switchbox, Inc.


Do you work for a company that until now has been delivering projects following classic phases of gathering requirements, coding, testing, fixing and deploy?
Make your next project an Agile one!
You might know some basics on what Agile is, understand the need for frequent deliveries, focus on value, self-organizing teams where people collaborate, empirical planning, etc.
What now? Where do you begin with your very first Agile project? What should you do to get things going and deliver fast?
Using my experience at large corporations, in this session I will walk you through the journey on how I approached projects with teams new to Agile. I will use some tools and techniques such as Project Canvas, Value Stream Mapping, and Story Mapping. Through this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to learn how to apply these tools and techniques right away to Agile projects. These tools and techniques are valuable to existing Agile projects too!

Our industry holds that both Mentoring skill and Professional Coaching skill are useful for ScrumMasters, agile coaches, managers and executives. Yet many are unclear on the differences between them, and so may miss opportunities to apply them beneficially. It’s time to activate these powerhouse tools, in a session that’s more show than tell.

This half-day workshop is facilitated by Lyssa Adkins and Deborah Preuss – we’re both professionally trained coaches who know and love Agile teams. After an short intro to lay out basic distinctions, we’ll launch into action – taking on current, real-life problems and opportunities. First we’ll coach and mentor a few of you, so you can observe and ask questions. Then those of you ready for practice will coach and mentor one another in a guided Dojo setting, while the rest of us observe and offer feedback.

You’ll witness conversations that usually happen only behind closed doors – along the way absorbing the simple anatomy of powerful Coaching and Mentoring conversations, and understanding how these skillsets support problem solving in radically different ways. You’ll leave with clarity to coach and mentor more authentically and confidently, and tips for further practice in your workplace.

Lyssa Adkins, the author of Coaching Agile Teams and a certified ORSC coach, is much appreciated by change leaders for her ability to bring clarity and fresh energy to complex organisational situations. Deborah Hartmann Preuss, a certified Co-Active coach, uses online coaching to help change agents at all levels tap into their inner brilliance for more confidence, inspiration and impact. Together they’ve created the InspireMe! self-coaching card deck for Agilists.

Find us at LyssaAdkins.com and abiggergame.today.

DevOps | The Phoenix Project Simulation Game

The Phoenix Project – a DevOps simulation

We all have read the famous book by Gene Kim ‘The Phoenix Project’ this simulation is about this book. You can experience yourself in this short version of the simulation of DevOps works. You will ‘play’ the team within Parts-Unlimited that must finish the ‘Phoenix Project’ to bring the company back to where it belongs, being the number one company in their field.

You will learn how to work together with development and operations and with the business roles (product owners). How to apply the 3 ways (as described in the book) and how to manage the huge backlog of features, issues and requests.

We can only accommodate 12 participants per session.


Continuous Delivery is one of the most talked about practices in the Agile community these days. The ability to deliver quality software rapidly in a safe manner is viewed by many as the embodiment of Agile. But how do we keep the quality high while continuously delivering software in a safe fashion numerous times each day?

In this workshop you will learn from the experts how to setup a continuous delivery pipeline. Each participant will take an existing codebase and build out a pipeline to production. The pipeline will have stages that validate code quality, application correctness, and compliance related concerns. But we don’t stop there. A pipeline that delivers low quality software can be a disaster. Therefore, we will also dive into development practices that keep code quality high and ensure the application works as expected. As we build out the pipeline we will also add enhancements to the application using test driven development and acceptance test driven development.


Before the workshop you should:

• Have a Java development environment  (We recommend IntelliJ)

• Ensure you have git and maven

• Sign up for a free GitLab account

• Sign up for a free Heroku account

Visualize your ideas and make team collaboration more effective. Learn basic drawing techniques to build a visual vocabulary that can be used to generate ideas and solve problems with your teams. Whether you wish to enhance graphic facilitation skills, make collaborative design thinking a key enabler within your team, or simply gain the confidence you need to draw live in front of an audience, this workshop is for you.

Course Content

This workshop will include the following building blocks to successful visualization:

  • Practicing basic shapes before progressing to idea-focused drawings
  • Getting to grips with drawing people, hands and faces
  • Active listening exercises
  • Collaborative design/sketching
  • Handwriting techniques
  • Storyboarding Interactive design
  • Layout, flow and structure patterns
  • The use of Graphic templates
  • Problems solving/idea mapping tools and techniques

At the end of this workshop delegates will gain:

  1. The ability to support a working group to express ideas and solve problems effectively by applying a visual language
  2. The ability to build a reusable bank of images and make use of graphic templates that will help you to facilitate collaborative learning and cultivate innovation
  3. The ability To discover visual thinking tools and techniques that will assist with business alignment and customer engagement.

Stuart Young

Stuart is a professional Business Visualizer with extensive traditional/ Agile Project management experience and a deep-rooted appreciation for Design Thinking and Agile Principles/ Methodologies.

Over time he has become accustomed to Agile and Design Thinking ways of working, becoming a Certified Scrum Master, DSDM Agile Analyst, Lean, Kanban Practitioner and SPC4 consultant.

With international notoriety within the Agile Community and beyond he has provided business visualization at multiple Global events. By creating a visual information radiator he translates concepts and processes into engaging visuals with the intention of simplifying complexity and accelerating learning.

He contributes to team and organizational visioning and planning events by offering captivating visuals that crystallise ideas, cultivate learning and drive innovation. Key insights can then be transformed into illustrated storyboards to enable organizations to visualize the work, explore business/ product possibilities and align people with the business direction.

He facilitates a suite of Design and Innovation courses/ labs that catalyse customer centric creativity and innovation, harbouring Design Thinking/ Service Design practices and supporting individuals in gaining the confidence to visualize and innovate effectively. The newly gained skills assist teams to solve problems and map ideas with the use of Design Thinking tools and visualization techniques.

DevOps | The Phoenix Project Simulation Game

The Phoenix Project – a DevOps simulation

We all have read the famous book by Gene Kim ‘The Phoenix Project’ this simulation is about this book. You can experience yourself in this short version of the simulation of DevOps works. You will ‘play’ the team within Parts-Unlimited that must finish the ‘Phoenix Project’ to bring the company back to where it belongs, being the number one company in their field.

You will learn how to work together with development and operations and with the business roles (product owners). How to apply the 3 ways (as described in the book) and how to manage the huge backlog of features, issues and requests.

We can only accommodate 12 participants per session.

Deborah Hartmann Preuss, CPCC, ACC

Owner and Certified Life Coach at abiggergame.today

Bringing joy back to the work of leading change!

Deborah helps leaders rediscover their own satisfying balance, resonant values, and clear personal vision. She offers live, online life-coaching sessions, customized to challenge and strengthen each person’s unique gifts. The result: change agents that shine – they become more relaxed and confident, tackling their challenges at home and at work with renewed energy.

Deb knows, from her experience as a Scrum Master, Agile coach and trainer, how it feels to be “out front,” – it can be hard to get grounded feedback and encouragement while leading the charge. So, since 2010 she’s been coaching Agile coaches and change leaders, testing and XP leads  – and also mentors, managers, parents – and anyone who dreams of making good things happen, personally and professionally.

Deb is a skilled facilitator, in-the-room and online. She creates magical learning spaces, full of curiosity and vulnerability, daring and celebration. You may have already enjoyed her hosting in an online MasterMind, Retrospective or LeanCoffee at CoachingCocktails.com.

Deb is a long-time contributor to the Agile community; in 2008 she co-created the AgileCoachCamp unConference meme, which has since run 100 times on four continents. More recently, she’s collaborated with German colleagues to create the online version of an Intervision peer-coaching format for Agile Coaches. She also teaches basic coaching skills for all team members, and helps facilitators deepen the art of “holding space” in her online Open Space workshop.

Deb’s committed to her craft: she is a Certified Professional Co-Active coach (CPCC) and an Associate of the International Coach Federation (ACC). She’s also studied coaching with Newfield Network, ORSC, Emergent Essence Dynamics and Coaches Rising. She’s Canadian, and speaks three languages – sadly, not Portuguese!

Deb lives with her agile coach husband Ilja Preuß (rhymes with “Rejoice!”) in Karlsruhe Germany. She invites to meet up with her for coffee if you’re passing through!

These “Coaching from the Couch” will be 45” One-on-One sessions and limited to 4 spots only.

* Workshops may change due to unforeseen factors. Please check availability at the venue.